JOHNSTON COUNTY, NC The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a trooper and a deputy shot a woman on the side of the interstate after she fired at them first.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker also said that 50-year-old Tina Medlin is alive, but in critical condition Saturday evening. An earlier release from troopers said she had died.

Baker said Trooper J. L. Taylor and Johnston County deputy Taylor Davis were investigating an SUV crash on Interstate 40 near Benson around 6:30 a.m. Saturday and found Medlin lying on the highway with a gun.

Baker said in a news release that Medlin fired at the officers, who shot back. The officers were not injured and are on administrative leave.